COVID, CONFLICT AND CLIMATE CHANGE ARE AMONG A CONFLUENCE OF CHALLENGES DRIVING A POVERTY TSUNAMI THAT IS CRASHING INTO THE LIVES OF VULNERABLE PEOPLE AND COMMUNITIES AROUND THE WORLD.
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Business Fights Poverty is leading efforts to understand these trends from a business perspective and enable businesses to support the lives, livelihoods and access to learning of the most vulnerable people.
We focus on how businesses can harness their core business, as well as their voice and philanthropy, to face the poverty tsunami and build an equitable and resilient future.

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How can businesses help vulnerable people and communities rebuild better from COVID-19?
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How can businesses help build peace and support vulnerable communities impacted by conflict?
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How can businesses support vulnerable communities by putting climate justice at the heart of their climate action?
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A brief outline of the latest poverty trends and the role that business can play.

Published April 2022

What is poverty, and what is driving the largest increase in a generation? Why is equity and resilience so central to fighting poverty? What role can business play? Find out in the this briefing paper.

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PAY A LIVING WAGE
Paying a living wage throughout your core operations and value chain strengthens business performance, resilience and stability. It also delivers measurable social impact and enables your businesses to more effectively deliver on your human and labour rights obligations.

Join the living wage movement. Find out more about making the case within your business with this valuable report produced in collaboration with Cambridge Institute for Sustainability Leadership and Shift, with support from Unilever.
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DRIVE CLIMATE JUSTICE
Applying a climate justice lense to your climate action - putting people at the centre - makes business sense. It encourages a more a joined-up approach that delivers climate solutions that work for people and planet. It provides a framework for consultation and dialogue, and spur for innovation and investment.

Apply a climate justice lens to strengthen the resilience of your business, and of the people and communities you serve. Find out how with this Action Framework developed with the Corporate Responsibility Initiative at Harvard Kennedy School and Change by Degrees.
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SAVE LIVES IN UKRAINE
Since Russia's invasion of Ukraine on 24 February 2022, thousands have been killed and millions have fled their homes. Over 12 million people are in need of humanitarian health assistance. Businesses have a key role to play in supporting the lives, livelihoods and access to learning of those in Ukraine and the refugees who have fled.

Join the business-led effort to support those impacted by the war. In partnership with Crown Agents, we immediately activated our Rapid Response Facility. Learn how you can contribute through your knowledge, networks and resources.
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JOIN THE GREAT GREEN WALL SOURCING CHALLENGE
The Great Green Wall is a symbol of hope in the face of desertification, one of the foremost challenges of our time that is holding back livelihoods across the Sahel. Once complete, the Wall will be the largest living structure on the planet. Fuelled by natural ingredient innovation, the Great Green Wall will boost smallholder farmers’ incomes and enable the Sahel region to prosper.

Help build livelihoods and tackle desertification in Africa. United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, with Business Fights Poverty and Aduna, are bringing together partners in sustainable sourcing. We invite companies to help us shape new partnerships and solutions for innovative sourcing from the Sahel region.

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TACKLE GENDER-BASED VIOLENCE
Even before the pandemic, 1 in 3 women experienced violence in their lifetimes. With lockdowns that number dramatically increased. There are ethical, business and legal reasons for business to take action, and to maintain the focus on tackling GBV. It results in significant impacts on worker wellbeing, losses to productivity and reputation, and the 2019 ILO Convention (190) is shaping the new legal context.

Take action to prevent and tackle GBV across your workplace and value chains. Find out how with our practical toolkits and other resources, developed with organisations such as the International Finance Corporation, Anglo American, Avon, CEMEX and Primark.
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SUPPORT WOMEN SUPPLIERS THROUGH NET ZERO
The urgent need to meet net zero commitments, particularly to reduce Scope 3 emissions, will impact many of the most vulnerable women who work upstream in global supply chains. The connection between gender and climate is still relatively unexplored, but managed well this holds huge potential for positive social and environmental impact.

Design your climate change strategies so that they accelerate the transition to a net zero economy at the same time as economically empowering more women. Access practical insights from our toolkit developed with the UK Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office's Work and Opportunities for Women Programme, PwC and the Corporate Responsibility Initiative, Harvard Kennedy School.

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We are a global community of people, companies and organisations passionate about building an equitable and resilient future.

We believe in the power of business to help improve the lives, livelihoods and learning opportunities of the most vulnerable people and communities.

We know that driving system-level change for a better future requires people to unite across traditional divides and come together in fresh and creative ways.

We curate purposeful collaboration to help companies and their partners access the insights and relationships they need to unlock new opportunities for business and social impact.

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